SPARTA, NJ - On May 17, at approximately 10:25 a.m., Cpl. Marc Rubino observed a 1994 Jeep travelling on Route 15 north with the driver not wearing his seatbelt. Cpl. Rubino stopped the vehicle and detected the odor of burnt marijuana in the vehicle as he spoke to the driver, 24-year-old Steve Nyisztor of Toms River.
Nyisztor admitted to smoking marijuana several days earlier in the vehicle. Nyisztor gave consent to search his vehicle where under 50 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were discovered.
He was placed under arrest and transported to Headquarters for processing. Nyisztor was charged with Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.
While this stop was not part of a special patrol in Sparta, the Click it or Ticket campaign began on Monday, May 18 through 31statewide and across the country. According to information published by the state, the program calls for “law enforcement agencies, to incorporate zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws.” It is a two pronged effort with enforcement of the seat belt laws and publicity from advertising the efforts, notifying the public they are more likely to get a ticket if they fail to buckle up.
Some local municipalities receiving grant money for the initiative in 2015 including Andover, Byram, Hopatcong, Stanhope and Vernon.